Symphony captures audience at Coquina Beach

A joint effort of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Manatee County government, Symphony in the Sand, featuring the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, took place at Coquina Beach Nov. 8. The event began before sunset and culminated under the stars. More than 400 people attended. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

A marquis sandcastle on the beach introduces the inaugural Symphony on the Sand Nov. 8 at the Coquina Cafe, Coquina Beach, in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra maestro Alfred Gershfeld leads his orchestra.

Alan Kahana and Mark Enoch, proprietors of Coquina Cafe, the concession at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, were hosts to the Nov. 8 Symphony on the Sand. The concession/restaurant served wine and beer and dinner courses with the event’s sponsoring restaurants, including Beach Bistro, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, BeachHouse and Euphemia Haye.

Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy places sprigs of rosemary on the main course of lamb chops — grilled on site for VIP guests, some 270 of the them — at the Nov. 8 Symphony on the Sand at Coquina Beach.

Mike Coleman, left, Mike Doll and his guest, former Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby and wife Mary and, standing, former Anna Maria Commissioner Christine Tollette, enjoy conversation and dinner during an interlude in the music presentation by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra on the Gulf of Mexico in Bradenton Beach.

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